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      FAILING BETTER: OVERCOMING REJECTION TO CLAIM SUCCESS AS A WRITER w/HEATHER NEWTON in Asheville


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      November 23, 2019

      Saturday   2:30 PM

      5 Covington Street
      Asheville, North Carolina 28806

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      FAILING BETTER: OVERCOMING REJECTION TO CLAIM SUCCESS AS A WRITER w/HEATHER NEWTON

      “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” --Samuel Beckett. Rejection is an integral part of being a writer. Stephen King received 30 rejections from publishers before selling Carrie. Kathryn Stockett received 60 rejections from agents before she found representation for The Help. How can we keep from giving up in discouragement as the pile of rejection slips grows? How can we avoid the unproductive emotion of envy when we compare ourselves with others? How can we feel good about our writing lives if we never publish? This workshop will give you practical strategies for managing submissions and attending to self-care so that you don’t give up writing. It will help you redefine success, and present ways to think about your creative life so that you can draw satisfaction from your identity as a writer whether or not you ever get that big publishing contract.  This class meets from 2:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019, then adjourns to UpCountry Brewing next door to the Flatiron Writers Room (cost not included with your ticket), where we can commiserate and share our not-yet-success stories. Cost: $45 general admission, $40 for current FWR Co-Working members.  Partial need-based scholarships are available for this workshop. Heather Newton’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and is forthcoming in audiobook from Dreamscape Media in fall 2019. Her short prose has appeared in Enchanted Conversation Magazine, The Drum, Dirty Spoon and elsewhere. Mixed in with these successes, she has received hundreds of rejections, written novels nobody would publish, made bad judgements, missed opportunities or had them snatched from her by forces outside of her control. In short, she has long experience with failing (or as she likes to call it, “not yet succeeding”) and looks forward to exploring with you ways to fail better.  REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. 

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